Traquair House Ale | Traquair House Brewery Lld

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Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale

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Traquair House Brewery Lld
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Prufrock
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

deep brown cola color with a touch of translucence around the edges. medium off-white head that falls leaving no lacing.

sweet, malty aromas; hints of cinnamon, caramel and bread.

full bodied in the mouth with heavy maltiness. smooth, buttery sweetness with hints of caramel. little carbonation and hops to get in the way, but just enough bitterness to make it very drinkable. alcohol is well-hidden compared to other scotch ales i have tasted.

excellent beer to sip slowly and enjoy. rich and complex enough to rival any belgian ale.

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Photo of hero27
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle. Black foil covering the neck.

Pours a deep reddish-brown. The beige head is modest and too oily to leave much for lace. The aroma is mostly malts, caramel, and alcohol...and is fairly faint. Very sweet earthy malt character & acrid hop bitterness with an alcoholic chaser. I remember this being better last time I tried it, but this was a fairly fresh bottle. Not bad, but certainly not worth the $5 price tag for me.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium mahogony brown color with a small snow-white head, a number of slow-rising streams of carbonation, and excellent lacing.

Aroma: Profoundly sweet, with caramel, molasses, and brown sugar, I could not detect any hop presence at all.

Taste: Sweet, with a bitter coffee note, dark fruit, rich malt, caramel. Finishes with a bitter chocolate and earth note, a mild flourish of medicinal hops and alcohol. The palette of flavors offered is quite rich.

Mouth feel: Very smooth and full, with soft carbonation, and a strikingly dry finish.

Drinkability/notes: A perplexingly complex and superb beer, well worth the effort to find. Thanks to Hardtarget for sharing this.

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Photo of charlottebeerguy
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 11.2 oz brown bottle into a tulip glass

Beer pours a deep crimson color with a 1inch whitish head

Smell indicates sweet malts and fruits pears, possibly apples, also some citrus hops

Taste of caramel and apples, a faint trace of hops coming through, with a bit of minerals on the finish.

This a medium bodied scottish ale smooth but bitter a nice balance of both.

I wouldnt drink this all the time but a nice change of pace.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice head and lacing. mostly islands and ring lacing. dark.

butterscotch is the prevailing taste and smell.

Alcohol comes through rather abrubtly and the malts are gloriously deep and sweet. Some dark fruits creep in the picture towards the middle ell: Figgy, a little butterscotch, sweet and spicy alcohol and a malty nose that has depth to it.

quite chewy in the mouth. some bready malted characteristics. just a touch of alcohol again and light sweet fruity finish. I would drink this regularly but for the price i'm one and done.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, deep amber. Slightly off-white head. Poor retention.

Smell: Nice. Yeast, red apple, caramel malt, cake spice, with a slight hint of wood and butterscotch.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Deep and malty. Sweet, a bit spicy, a bit roasty, apple, raisin, with bittering hops cleaning up the finish. Alcohol is well-disguised. The mouthfeel is smooth, but quite thin.

Drinkability: It's... OK. It's a nice beer, but not the special experience I was expecting. Given the outrageous price and rather (IMO) run-of-the-mill flavor, I'll stick with Skullsplitter.

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Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby colour, off-white head. Not much head, retention, or lace.

S: Bready, caramel malt aroma.

T: Well balanced, but slightly sweet, no hop flavour, perfect for style. Bready caramel, a little prune/raisin, roasty (but not burnt), hint of chocolate, slightly nutty, with a subtle fruityness from the yeast. The full malt profile really hides the alcohol strength and flavour. Very well rounded, none of the flavours are over-powering. Perfect!

M: Moderately heavy body, moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Obviously, this style isn't suited to sessions.

Awesome. Best of style.

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Photo of Winter
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a creamy light tan head. Vinous aroma of sweet caramel and malt. Medium-bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Smooth malty flavor. A hop bitterness coincides to balance the malty smoothness. Touches of caramel and oak appear toward the back. Finish exhibits a slight tobacco taste. This is a top-notch scotch ale.

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Photo of JanM
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The stereotypical tourist-friendly marketing on the label made me feel a bit suspicious about this beer. No reason, this is an excellent ale. It poured with a dark amber almost maroon color, and with a brownish head. The foam melted quickly away and settled as half a finger's hat. The smell was of malt and caramel with some bitterness and smoke in the background. Too much carbonation, though. It tasted pretty much as it smelled with the hops kicking in in the aftertaste, and not with as much alcohol as expected. Traquair House Ale is a fully developed ale with a rich mouthfeel.

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Photo of unknownlamer
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful amber color with a small head. Has an aroma of caramely malt and alcohol. I smell a lot of alcohol in this, and it dominates the aroma. I am almost afraid to take a sip...

The alcohol, thankfully, doesn't show up very much in the taste. The malt dominates in this brew with just the right amount of hops to balance it out in the finish. It doesn't leave any bitter taste behind either. It has a bit of a smoky taste to it. It's ever so slightly thin in the mouth, but it works with the taste.

This is very drinkable, but also very expensive.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer was a rich clear amber, with a low head (under a half finger). I didn't expect much more from a Scotch ale, since they're often somewhat heavy (hence the name)

The aroma was of very rich malts, caramel, and a little bit of earthy mustiness. A hint of alcohol wafted in at the end.

The taste was of rich malt, mostly medium bodied (caramel malt, maybe a little crystal). It had a slight mustiness to the flavor as well, and the alcohol was noticeable and quite nice.

Mouthfeel was full, rich, and chewy. Everything I expected and more.

Drinkability has to take a hit though. It's a bit strong, which isn't too bad... but it is also a bit expensive, and that puts it a little more out of reach.

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Photo of bark
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2005.

The colour is very dark wine red – brown. The high beige foam sinks down to a firm half-finger thick head with lots of lacing.

The smell is very sweet with notes of rye bread, some sourness, brown sugar, coffee, raisins and maybe some alcohol.

The taste is full bodied, with some notes of strong wine (Port?). There are creamy, fruity notes of raisins and dried apples. The taste is sweet, but there is also a fresh bitterness, maybe even some sour notes. The aftertaste got an earthy matured taste with a passing bitterness and notes of alcohol, dried fruits, fresh flowers and a dry touch of iodine. It tastes like a very luxury beer, but the finish is a litte bit to dry for beeing a taste-4.5 beer.

The carbonation is mild (like one could expect) and short, the bubbles are very small.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brew pours a dark brown, almost black, color with a one-finger white, creamy head. The aroma is buttery and caramelly. The taste is of sweet caramel, and roasted malt withbuttery notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry with nice cabonation. Overall, this is a nice, relaxing brew.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep barnet topped woth a frothy khaki head that settles to a frothy coating. Not a lot of activity going on, possibly due in part to the 7.2% ABV.

Aroma has a slight peat moss suggestion.

First swigs: Sweet caramel and husky malt. A middle of vanilla bean ice cream and cake. Some woody characteristics. Dry woody aftertaste.

Feel is frothy and smooth. Some lingering ash on the tongue.

Last swigs: A delicate scotch ale. Kinda flip flopped to me as being interesting and then just smokey. Cryptic L 1234 etching on the label. This beer just really didn't warm my curiosity to the point of being overwhelmed. A round beer with a hearty body and feel.

Beer is good. Happy Scotch Wee-Heavy bering.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark red/brown, with a thick two finger head that slowly faded to a nice cap. There was quite a bit of lacing.

Smell; tons of malt, caramel, some vanilla and a little bit of alcohol.

Taste; the malts are there in your face, it has a little smokiness to it, and the caramel and vanilla really come through in the finish. There's almost no hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was thick and velvety, really nice.

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Photo of DrJay
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured a deep brown with red highlights. Not really any head to speak of, even in well-rinsed glassware. Earthy, heavy malt aroma backed by peat, toffee, and a hint of smoke. The flavour was sweet and malty with a low, herbal bitterness. Toffee was more pronounced than caramel, it finished quite malty yet not overly sweet. Very low carbonation, a bit dead, but the full body was velvety. What a big, complex malt bomb. Definitely an experience!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot of flavor in here. Similar to a dopplebock, but more robust, caramelized, and heavy. Aromas bring out a serious molassas sweetness with a very slight grainy bitter quality. Some dark fruits like plumb, dates, raisons. Flavors are more intense than the aroma. Throw in brown sugar, caramel, and above all... malt. Subtleties of smoke, chocolate, and coffee accentuate the flavors. With a sypupy thick texture, this beer falls short of silky smooth because of the carbonation, light grain texture, and alcohol sensation (not drying). A bit cloying makes for slow sipping. Still the best Wee Heavy I've had.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours the color of iced coffee, with a thin tan head.
Aroma is malty, raisins, caramel, oak, Scotch.
Flavor is smokey, vanilla, molasses, scotch whiskey, some sugar with a healthy alcoholic kick. Seems a bit higher than it’s listed 7%. Don't think I could drink more than 1 of these in a sitting.

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Photo of rrwiltse
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good beer, no doubt. $5.99 for an 11oz bottle good? Not at all.

Poured into a pint glass, amazing how the head nearly totally disappates! A nice reddish amber color, the aroma is malty with a touch of hops, caramely, one of the better touches I've seen mentioned (and its RIGHT ON) is a hint of butterscotch.
The taste--good, but just seems disappointing after spending that kind of money!!! I'd take a 750mL of Maudite any day over this! It IS smooth, malty, a nice bit of hop at the end. This would be a GREAT dinner beer.

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Photo of Wonka
4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml
7.2% alc. vol
Marked on back label: L 1

Appearance – two-finger thick, fluffy off-white head that peels back to just cover the body midway then dissapears; brown/red, slightly opaque body; lace isn’t impressive

Smell – big malts; dates, nut, wood, raisin

Taste – malts (dark fruit, molasses, nut) dominate but the hops never leave; aftertaste is perfectly tolerable

Mouthfeel – elegantly smooth light carbonation (5.0) with a bit of stickiness to close (erase 0.5)

Drinkability – smoothness is in the house

Wow. Now that’s special. Buy now.

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Photo of klewis
3.04/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a cloudy reddish-brown. Almost no head, even with a hard pour.

S: Huge smell, I can smell it without holding it up to my nose. Notes of butterscotch, malt, vanilla, and alcohol.

T: Much different than its aroma... Not much going on here for me. There are some tannic flavors that are overpowering anything else that might be trying to sneak through.

M: Nice body and weight, but the carbonation is a little rough and may be detracting from the flavor..

D: Based on the other reviews, I'm hoping I got a bad bottle. I may try this one again hoping that this is the case, but if it's like this one, it's just not worth spending the money on.

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Photo of fizzyfred
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a soft head that dissipates quickly. Nice and deep amber, mohagony color. Has a deep malt character and a beautiful aroma. The initial taste seems dry with a slight alcohol warming. Later, there is a delicious nutty, biscuit flavor that lingers. Nothing overpowering, but very complex. This beer has a smooth and deep body, but not too thick. The sweetness is perfectly balanced by the alcohol, hops and carbonation. This is an amazing beer on its own, I can only imagine pairing it with a good meal.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I saw this at the local liquor store, and had recently tried some stronger scotch ales based upon the recommedation of the guy at my home-brew supply place. He commented on the strength and huge maltiness, as well as the sometimes smoky characteristics... anyway.

These bottles were $5.99 a piece. for 11 oz. Let me say, this is outrageous for this beer. The second bottle I had last night for the purposes of review. It poured it into an ale glass, dark black color, cold but not freezing and it warmed nicely as I drank it. There was an immediate feeling of light to medium body, without much complexity. There was a start, middle and finish typical of the style, with a small bitter/floral hop near the finish that makes you swallow a little hard. There was a hint of smokiness deep in there somewhere. There was little or no head to speak of, and almost a flat taste. It was slightly smoky and malty in the nose.

Here is where the beer failed and in my opinion made it less than "World Class." The alcohol is almost imperceptable, until the finish, when it burns the esophagus. It is almost as if the beer "seperated" somehow. I am not knocking this beer because I don't like strong beer, I would drink Rochefort 10 for breakfast if it didn't have 1100 calories. it is just a strange and bad experience, two times for me. The taste was pretty good and truly smooth though.

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Photo of BuckSpin
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Ron at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH for getting this and Jacobite per my request.

Saved this for a quiet Saturday evening. In a thistle glass, it had a warm, ruby glowing, deep caramel hue with a noticable carbination and a lively 1/2" head of mixed tan foam that faded quickly, yet laced beautifully on that first sip. Nose, while understated, was interesting. Dry, peaty, wisps of crackers, lightly sweet, malts (of course) and some light oak.

The understated quality of the nose was a hint of things to come. This is one well crafted, smooth, understated ale that is just beautiful - especially to a Scotch Ale afficianado. Its initially rich, yet not overbearing. Oak is present, but not overbearing, along with soft malts, a nice warming glow, hints of dried fruits and some mild peat. The tastes all compliment each other wonderfully, yet no one stands tall. Perhaps the biggest surprise was the finish - so clean and even, smooth on the throat, still warming as it fades, leaving a whisper of a scotch aftertaste.

While most beers have dominate tastes that yell, this one is so seemless, truly less is more. There are no sharp corners to this, all the tastes & experiences have rounded edges that flow seemlessly. It was an eye opening to a new type of beer construction. I highly recommend this, especially if you enjoy Scotch Ales or barreled spirits.

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Photo of mentor
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle obtained from John's Grocery (Iowa City) in summer 2004, cellared for a year, and consumed in June 2005. Freshness notch on the label was 2004. Pours a thin layer of tan foam that quickly settled to a ring around the glass. The beer is cloudy and ruby-brown in color. Smells of alcohol, raisins and chocolate. The taste is thick malty, with some alcohol and a late sweet chocolate rising. The aftertaste is chocolate that then fades leaving a sweet malt left behind. Thick and bready. Caramel toffee is strong-almost to the point of having a twang. Warmed it has a woody quality and the raisiny/toffee flavor is sweeter and hangs around as a nice aftertaste. The alcohol is tamer and places a nice dry on the side tastebuds to temper the malt sweet. All around, a good beer. Thick mouthfeel and mild carbonation. No lacing on the inside of the glass.

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Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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